Project Description

Course Overview

This online course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of using spectrum analyzers at RF and microwave frequencies. A short review quiz is included to test knowledge and understanding.

What you will learn
  • Spectrum analysis basics

  • Basic spectrum analyzer block diagram

  • Microwave spectrum analyzer
  • Harmonic mixer responses
  • Front-end filtering
  • Preselector response
  • Microwave and low band architecture
  • Tracking generator architecture
  • Spectrum analyzer controls
  • Spectrum analyzer specifications
Technical Level

Introductory

Time to Complete

Approx. 1 hr 20 mins

Course ID

RF1100

Course Curriculum

7 modules – 31 video lessons – 78 mins total
– video lesson   – pdf download   – app download   – quiz

1.1 Course Overview  

2.1 Introduction to Spectrum Analysis  
2.2 Basic Spectrum Analyzer Block Diagram  
2.3 Microwave Spectrum Analyzer  
2.4 Harmonic Mixer Responses  
2.5 Front-End Filtering  
2.6 Preselector Response  
2.7 Microwave and Low Band Architecture  
2.8 Tracking Generator Architecture  

3.1 Spectrum Analyzer Controls  
3.2 RF Attenuator  
3.3 Intermediate Frequency (IF) Gain  
3.4 Sweep Time  
3.5 Resolution Bandwidth Filters  
3.6 Resolution Bandwidth Filter Shape Factor  
3.7 Noise Floor  
3.8 Dynamic Range of Modulated Signal Measurements  
3.9 Video Signal Processing  
3.10 Video Filter Bandwidth  
3.11 Detector Sampling Methods  
3.12 Detector Types and Properties  

4.1 Spectrum Analyzer Specifications  
4.2 Uncertainty Contributions  
4.3 Dynamic Range  
4.4 2nd and 3rd-Order Distortion  
4.5 3rd-Order Intermodulation Levels  
4.6 Dynamic Range, Distortion and Noise  
4.7 Effect of LO Phase Noise  
4.8 Inaccuracies Due to VSWR  

5.1 Video Demonstration – Measuring Two-Tone Intermodulation  
5.2 Video Demonstration – Measuring a Modulated Carrier  

6.1 Review Questions  

7.1 Recommended Reading  

Includes 1-year unlimited individual access to all course content

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